Is the Truck Driver’s Gear Shift – a dramatic key change upwards near the end of a song – a cheap trick or a songwriter’s best friend? The answer is…
The key of a piece of music determines the set of notes it uses and you can learn to recognise the two types of key, major and minor, by ear. Key is closely related to musical scale and identifying the key can help you play by ear and transcribe more efficiently.
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What makes a minor key? Learn all about how minor scales and chords are built, and how they differ from their major counterparts.
Prolific songwriter Joanne Cooper shows you how to make a backing track, and the myriad of ways you can use it for practice, improvisation, and more.
Sometimes, all it takes to make a tune spooky is some major-to-minor transposition. Resident pro Sara Campbell shows you how, just in time for Halloween!
Follow along with our all-in-one guide to learn how this master tool can help you play music, understand theory, and even write a masterpiece.
Learn how to find the tonic in any song in a major key using our intuitive tips and tricks. Then use it to your advantage to write music and play by ear!
Classical Era composers mastered musical form to frame their myriad thoughts and emotions. Learn how to listen for form in the music of Beethoven and Haydn.
Although it looks strange, the Circle of Fifths it is actually very relevant to your musical life. The trick is to learn the useful patterns hidden inside.
Learning to “spell” intervals is essential but the standard way to work them out is too slow! Use these tricks to speed it up.
To use interval recognition for real musical tasks you’ll need to know how to spell intervals too. Learn quickly with this clever and unusual approach.
Being able to distinguish the differences between major and minor keys is easier than you might think. Follow these 2 easy steps to learn how.
Knowing the key can save you a lot of head-scratching when transcribing music. Here are some tricks to quickly find the key of a song by ear.